My collie pup is exactly 6months old today and I have no experience of dealing with a bitch in heat and I'm nervous and terrified! Her mum was a rescue that we took in and she was pregnant when we got her at only 8months so that is the absolute last thing I want to happen.
Although I have no experience of it, I have done a fair bit of research but basically I just want your advice on what to look out for, warning signs, how best to prepare for it and how best to deal with it?
I have "the book of the bitch" which is helpful. I know she will have to be kept indoors for the 2weeks or however long it lasts and this is what I'm dreading, she's so active, needs to be out twice a day and just loves been involved in everything (we've 3collies so it's gonna be awful bringing out the other two and leaving her behind)
Also, do you think I could leave her outside in our garden? It's fully enclosed with a 6/7ft wall but I've heard dogs will do ANYTHING to get to a bitch in heat so would I be safer leaving her inside?
Sorry for all the questions! I'm really dreading it and I know there's at least 2 dogs in our estate that aren't neutered and are let out unsupervised (my own fella is a year and not neutered but he'll be staying with other family while she's in heat)
I will be getting her spayed between her 1st and 2nd heat, I just think getting her done before 6mths is too early as there's so much development going on.
So any advice, ideas and helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated